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Grants and Funding: Extramural Programs (EP)

NLM FY 2016 Grants Funding Plan


The National Library of Medicine (NLM), in Bethesda, Maryland, is a part of the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Since its founding in 1836, NLM has played a pivotal role in translating biomedical research into practice. It is the world's largest biomedical library and the developer of electronic information services that deliver trillions of bytes of data to millions of users every day. For more about the library’s mission and organization, see

NLM’s Extramural Programs Division provides grants to support basic and applied research in biomedical informatics and data science, health information sciences, bioinformatics and public health informatics, as well as for research training in these areas. Applied Informatics resource grants assist in improving information access and services for health professionals and the public. Support is also available for scholarly works on biomedical topics.

Budget Data FY 2016

Current Appropriation: Following passage of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016 (Public Law 114-113), signed by President Obama on December 18, 2015, NIH published NIH Fiscal Policy for Grant Awards - FY 2016 (NOT-OD-16-062, revised 1/26/2016) outlining fiscal policies for FY 2016. In accordance with these policies, NLM announces its FY 2016 Grants Funding Plan as described below.

Non-competing research grant awards that were made in FY2016 at a level below that indicated on the most recent Notice of Award will be restored to previously committed levels, and non-competing awards that remain to be issued in FY 2016 will be made at the commitment level indicated in the Notice of Award. Out-year commitments for these awards in FY2017 and beyond remain unchanged.

Applicable legislative mandates are described in Notice of Legislative Mandates in Effect for FY 2016, NOT-OD-16-044.  Section 202 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016, prohibits payments for salaries under grants and other extramural mechanisms in excess of Executive Level II previously set at $183,300, and effective January 10, 2016, increased to $185,100.  See NOT-OD-16-059, revised 1/28/2016, for additional information. 

Questions regarding adjustments applied to individual grant awards may be directed to the Grants Management Specialist identified on the Notice of Award.

Funding Strategy: NLM supports as many meritorious competing grant applications as possible, across the array of grant programs it offers, with priority on research and training.  General funding guidelines are established each year based on appropriated funds available. Final award decisions reflect considerations of program relevance, portfolio balance, recommendations of the NLM Board of Regents, and availability of funds. In keeping with NIH policy, budgets for awarded grants may receive programmatic or administrative adjustments. These adjustments take into consideration the overall scientific and technical merit of the grant application as well as the appropriateness of the requested budget. Although NLM’s training authority is not part of the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) programs, stipends and other details of NLM’s training programs are modeled upon NRSA. Consistent with the 2016 Consolidated Appropriations Act and with the recommendations of the Advisory Committee to the Director regarding the Biomedical Research Workforce, NLM will increase stipends for its pre-doctoral and postdoctoral trainees by approximately 2 percent on average.

Fundable Range: NLM uses the overall Impact Score as the primary basis for award decisions on all grant types, along with innovation and potential impact of proposed research.  For experienced investigators, applications with Impact scores 30 or better are the most likely to be considered for funding. For Early Stage investigators and New investigators seeking their first R01 research grant applications, or the first renewal of previous award to an Early Stage investigator, applications with Impact scores of 33 or better will be considered for funding. For career transition awards and fellowships, applications with Impacts scores of 30 or better will be considered for funding. All grant awards are subject to the availability of funds.